Kim Yutani picked to be Sundance Film Festival’s new programming director, the first woman to hold the job

The Sundance Film Festival has a new director of programming — and one of the few women and persons of color to hold such a job at a major festival.

Kim Yutani, who has been a senior programmer at Sundance since 2009, will lead the programming staff and report to festival Director John Cooper, the Sundance Institute announced Monday night. READ MORE ON THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE.

‘Pink House’ director gives shout-out to Provincetown film fest

Audiences at last year’s Provincetown International Film Festival got a first look at director Courtney Balaker’s fact-based drama “Little Pink House” and they liked it, rewarding the film with the HBO Audience Award for best feature film.

Friday, Boston gets its chance to see the film based on Jeff Benedict’s 2009 book of the same title, about Susette Kelo, played by Catherine Keener , and her battle to save her residence, and other modest homes in the New London, Conn., neighborhood of Fort Trumbull, from being seized under eminent domain and razed to make way for corporate development.

Kelo will attend the 7:20 p.m. screening at Kendall Square Cinema and take part in a Q&A afterward. Balaker, the director, credits PIFF with helping to put “Little Pink House” on audiences’ radar before its national release. READ MORE AT BOSTON GLOBE.

Provincetown film fest announces lineup

Organizers of the Provincetown International Film Festival have revealed this summer’s lineup of narrative, documentary, and short films, and it’s nice to see so many female directors on the list.

Opening the festival June 13 will be “Wild Nights With Emily,” directed by Madeleine Olnek, and director Ondi Timoner’s “Mapplethorpe” will close the fest June 17. Other featured films include “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” directed by Desiree Akhavan, “And Breathe Normally,” directed by Ísold Ugadóttir, and Debra Granik’s “Leave No Trace.” READ MORE AT BOSTON GLOBE.

Provincetown Film Festival Unveils Lineup

The fest will open with ‘Wild Nights With Emily’ and close with ‘Mapplethorpe.’
Madeleine Olnek’s Wild Nights With Emily, starring Molly Shannon as Emily Dickinson, will open the 2018 Provincetown International Film Festival, while Ondi Timoner’s Mapplethorpe, starring Matt Smith as the influential photographer, will serve as the closing-night film.

The fest, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, is set to run June 13-17 in Provincetown, Massachusetts. READ MORE AT THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

‘The Price Of Everything’ To Kick Off Greenwich Film Festival; ‘Mapplethorpe’ Set As Provincetown Film Festival Closer

Ondi Timoner’s Mapplethorpe starring Matt Smith has been set as the closing-night film at the 20th annual Provincetown Film Festival, which this year features a Spotlight lineup of films entirely directed by women. The fest, which runs June 13-17 in Provincetown, MA, will also honor director Sean Baker with the Filmmaker on the Edge Award and Chloe Grace Moretz with the Next Wave Award; Baker’s Tangerine and Moretz’s Sundance winner The Miseducation of Cameron Post are both screening at the fest. Madeleine Olnek’s Wild Nights with Emily starring Molly Shannon as Emily Dickinson kicks off the fest June 13. READ MORE AT DEADLINE.

The 2nd Annual Women’s Media Summit Showcases the Powerful Voices Changing the Industry

Frances McDormand may not have been in the room at the 2nd Annual Women’s Media Summit held April 5-8 at Provincetown’s Crown and Anchor. But the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Oscar-winner was there in spirit. Several of the industry professionals who gathered at the conference referenced McDormand’s shout-out for the “inclusion rider” in her best actress Oscar acceptance speech as a way to contractually require gender equity. READ MORE AT MPAA.

Inclusion is the talk of Women’s Summit

Actress Frances McDormand didn’t attend the second annual Women’s Media Summit, held over the weekend at Provincetown’s Crown and Anchor, but the “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star was certainly there in spirit.

Several industry pros at the four-day conference referenced McDormand’s shout-out at the Oscars for “inclusion riders” as a way to improve gender and racial equity in Hollywood. Because that was a key mission of the sophomore Summit, hammering out action plans for increasing the representation of women and minorities on both sides of the camera.

Spearheading the event were veteran film producer Christine Walker, CEO of the Provincetown Film Society, which produces the Provincetown International Film Festival; Maria Giese, a Cape Cod native who in 2015 instigated an industrywide federal investigation on behalf of women directors in Hollywood; and Caroline Heldman, primary researcher at the Geena Davis Institute for Women in the Media and a professor at Occidental College.

“When [McDormand] said ‘inclusion rider,’ my phone blew up and didn’t slow down for two weeks,” said keynote speaker Stacy Smith, founder and director of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. READ MORE AT BOSTON GLOBE.

Film fest gets new edge

The 20th Provincetown International Film Festival, which runs Wednesday, June 13, through Sunday, June 17, has announced that its 2018 Filmmaker on the Edge will be Sean Baker, the director and co-writer of “Tangerine” (2015), the wild tale of transgender sex workers on the streets of L.A. that was shot on an iPhone, and “The Florida Project” (2017), which won numerous critics’ awards and an Oscar nomination for Willem Dafoe. Baker will sit down for a conversation with festival icon John Waters as part of the annual awards ceremony on Saturday, June 16. READ MORE AT WICKED LOCAL WELLFLEET.

Sean Baker, Chloë Grace Moretz to be Honored at 20th Provincetown International Film Festival

Marking its 20th anniversary, the Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) announced today that acclaimed writer/director Sean Baker (“The Florida Project,” “Tangerine”) will be named the 2018 “Filmmaker on the Edge.” Baker will be in attendance to accept the award in conversation with resident artist John Waters on Saturday, June 16. Additionally, actress Chloë Grace Moretz (“The Miseducation Of Cameron Post,” “If I Stay”), will receive the festival’s second annual “Next Wave Award,” which recognizes those who have exciting and distinctive voices, take artistic risks, and have a passionate commitment to independent film. Moretz will be in attendance to accept the award in conversation with Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper on Friday, June 15, and in support of her film “The Miseducation Of Cameron Post,” which is a PIFF Spotlight selection. READ MORE AT EDGE MEDIA NETWORK.